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Home Child SIG?

Between 1870-1957, 100,000 British Home Children (alleged orphans) were sent to Canada by over 50 British Child Care organizations. These children, ranging in age from 4-15, worked as indentured farm labourers and domestic servants until they were 18 years old. The British Child Care organizations professed a dominant motive of providing these children with a better life than they would have had in Britain, but in actuality, these organizations rid themselves of an unwanted segment of their society and profited when they sold these children to Canadian farmers.

Siblings in care in Britain were separated from their families and each other. Siblings were separated from each other when they were sent to Canada. Most never saw each other again. Many spent their lives trying to identify their parents and find their siblings and most were unsuccessful. An unknown number of children ran away from their indentured labour in Canada to the United States. Millions of Americans may be descended from British Home Children.

The Canadian government has designated 2010 as the Year of the Home Child.

As a result, the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) is hoping to find members interested in helping to set up a Home Child Special Interest Group (SIG)? If interested, please e-mail the Provincial Office at with subject line "Home Child SIG".

- Lisa B. Lee, PLCGS
Oakland, CA

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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